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The Importance of Cleaning Air Vents

Posted on February 11, 2015

Over time, grime can build up in your home’s air vents, creating a breeding ground for viruses, rodents, insects, allergens and mold. If you would like to enhance the health and comfort of your home, cleaning air vents once and awhile will certainly help. Take a few moments to evaluate a few of the reasons cleaning air vents is a good step to take toward improving indoor air quality for your family and friends to enjoy.

Improves A/C and Heating Efficiency

When air ducts become clogged with grime and debris, your A/C unit has to work much harder to circulate air throughout your home to compensate. If cleaning air vents is put off for too long, air conditioning units can develop mechanical problems or overheat.

You can avoid an expensive repair or A/C replacement by investing in an air vent cleaning service on a regular basis. Residents in homes with clean air vents will likely enjoy lower energy costs as well since warm or cold air can move uninhibited from room to room, consuming much less energy to bring your house to the desired temperature.

Reduces Risk of Fire

Cleaning air vents can drastically reduce the chance of a fire in your home due to the ignition of highly flammable dust particles in your ventilation system. The fibrous grime that can become caked to the lining of air vents is extremely flammable and, if a spark is present, disaster can occur.

The longer air ducts go without being cleaned, the bigger this risk becomes. The main culprit for fires can be traced back to a dirty heat exchanger on the furnace or faulty wiring causing a spark somewhere in the air ducts.

Changing out air filters on a regular basis can help prevent many particulates from entering your vents but duct cleaning may be advisable if the problem is systemic.

Cleaner Air, Healthier Home

Removing VOCs (volatile organic compounds), allergens and dust from your air ducts can make your home smell brand new. You can rest assured that family, friends and pets are breathing in clean, healthy air for years to come following a thorough air duct cleaning.

Many homeowners may not realize just how many unwelcome pests and contaminants can be found in dirty air vents. Here are just some of the pollutants that are often found in a ventilation system that has not been cleaned in long time:

  • Pesticides
  • Pollen
  • Fungus Spores
  • Animal Dander
  • Dust Mites
  • Mold

When you turn on the heater or air conditioning, dirty air ducts can easily deposit these contaminants into the home onto carpet and upholstery which can contribute to allergy problems or even illness.

Pets and children are especially vulnerable to the myriad of contaminants that can be found in low quality indoor air. It is import to note however that cleaning air vents should always be done by certified professionals only.

Cleaning your air vents incorrectly may potentially release various allergens and pollutants into your indoor air. Special equipment used by trained professionals must be used to perform an air duct cleaning service safely and effectively.

If you’d like to learn more about how cleaning air vents can improve the comfort and quality of your home environment, contact the experts at AirTek today to get answers to all your air vent cleaning questions.

AirTek completes all jobs in compliance with strict safety and operational standards put forward by the National Air Duct Cleaning Association. And with more than 75,000 completed air duct cleaning jobs spanning 25 years of outstanding customer service, we’ve positioned ourselves to be a leader in the industry, making us a name you can trust to get the job done right.


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